At the funeral of a Muslim cleric, Abdul Hamid Mohammad Salimul Qadri, in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, people in large numbers gathered violating all the COVID-19 guidelines. It has raised fears of a super-spreader as the state battles a Covid spiral. The UP police launched investigations into the event after filing an FIR on Monday.
The cleric died on Sunday afternoon and within hours tens of thousands of people came from various parts of the state to Badaun. They gathered at the mosque where the cleric’s body was kept for public viewing, tossing away all safety measures against the pandemic
“An FIR has been lodged against unidentified people for violating COVID-19 protocols during the funeral procession of a religious leader in Badaun. FIR was lodged under Section 188 and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Budaun Sankalp Sharma.
Only a few people wearing masks were seen in the teeming crowds in the video that had taken over the internet, which amassed apparently without the knowledge of the administration or the police. According to visuals, there was hardly any breathing space at the event.
Visuals of the event, which have gone viral, have led to fear in a jump in the number of coronavirus cases.
In order to contain the COVID outbreak, the Uttar Pradesh Government has restricted the number of people at funerals to 20.
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